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National HIV Testing Day at Columbus Public Library

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Mayor Teresa Tomlinson participates in National HIV Testing Day with the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation at Columbus Public Library Mayor Teresa Tomlinson participates in National HIV Testing Day with the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation at Columbus Public Library
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Thursday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day and the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation worked to increase HIV awareness.

The Foundation provided free HIV tests, along with education and advice, to anyone in the community who wanted to know their status. The services were offered at the Columbus Public Library until 5 p.m.

This was their fourth consecutive year of record breaking testing numbers.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson supported the event. "People need to understand that this is a disease that affects communities, families, affect all people," she says. "But knowledge is power, and if you know your health condition, as with any other health condition, there is treatment." 

More than 39 million people are living with AIDS and 20 percent of them don't know they are infected. These individuals are responsible for 70 percent of all new infections.

In Columbus alone, nearly 1,700 people are aware that they are living with AIDS.

Georgia ranks number eight in states with the most HIV positive people.

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